DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know you believe the devil exists, but how do you know? I think people just dreamed up the idea of the devil to try to explain all the bad things that go on in the world. Or maybe it doesn't make any difference what we believe about him. —D.R.
Dear D.R.: It does matter what we believe about the devil — because if we don't think he exists, or that he's just a harmless cartoon character running around in a red suit with a pitchfork, then we won't take him seriously.
And that's exactly what he hopes we'll do, because then he can sneak up on us and deceive us with his lies and temptations, without us even being aware of it. Sometimes the devil is open and direct but often he is subtle and deceptive, and we can fall for his schemes without even being aware of it. We'll only make his work easier if we deny his existence or think he can't catch us in his snares.